The head of Australia’s defence drive General Angus Campbell on Thursday introduced allegations that its elite forces carried out 39 illegal killings in Afghanistan.
In 2016, Australia launched an inquiry into the conduct of its particular forces personnel between 2005 and 2016 amid allegations by native media concerning the killing of unarmed males and youngsters.
Campbell stated that the killings are alleged to have occurred whereas the Afghan victims have been detained or beneath Australian forces’ management, and that not one of the alleged victims have been troopers.
“[The Inspector General] found there to be credible information to substantiate 23 incidents of alleged unlawful killing of 39 people by 25 Australian Special Forces personnel, predominantly from the Special Air Service Regiment”, Campbell stated.
According to Campbell, the report discovered that there had been a “warrior culture” amongst some members of Australia’s particular forces in Afghanistan. The report additional specified that some patrol commanders, who have been handled as “demigods”, required junior troopers to shoot prisoners to achieve their first kill.
Australia’s defence drive has beneficial that the nation’s federal police examine 19 people from the particular forces over 36 alleged struggle crimes, together with homicide and merciless remedy of non-combatants in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013.
Campbell “sincerely and unreservedly” apologized to Afghanistan for the conduct alleged within the report. Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison known as Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to precise his “deepest sorrow” over the findings.